Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies

1st Edition

Camillia Cowling, Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado, Diana Paton, Emily West

Routledge
September 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 384 Pages
ISBN 9780367202026 - CAT# K418524
Series: Routledge Studies in Slave and Post-Slave Societies and Cultures

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Summary

This book provides critical perspectives on the multiple forms of ‘mothering’ that took place in Atlantic slave societies. Facing repeated child death, mothering was a site of trauma and grief for many, even as white slaveholders romanticized enslaved women’s work in caring for white children.

Examining a wide range of societies including medieval Spain, Brazil, and New England, and including the work of historians based in Brazil, Cuba, the United States, and Britain, this collection breaks new ground in demonstrating the importance of mothering for the perpetuation of slavery, and the complexity of the experience of motherhood in such circumstances.

This pathbreaking collection, on all aspects of the experience, politics, and representations of motherhood under Atlantic slavery, analyses societies across the Atlantic world, and will be of interest to those studying the history of slavery as well as those studying mothering throughout history. This book comprises two special issues, originally published in Slavery & Abolition and Women’s History Review.

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